Gab's CEO says Trump doesn't use the platform, after reports wrongly suggest he returned to social media

President Donald Trump. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Gab CEO Andrew Torba said Saturday that former President Donald Trump doesn't use the platform. A number of media outlets, including Insider, incorrectly reported Trump had joined Gab. Since being banned from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, Trump has been quiet online. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Do...
Tags: Google, Politics, Washington Post, Trends, Social Media, Tech, United States, News UK, Donald Trump, Pittsburgh, Trump, David Schoen, US Capitol, Andrew Torba, Tech Insider, Torba

Best cheap Apple deals for February 2021

Apple fans know how fleeting deals can be, but we've rounded up some great Apple deals for you right here.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Wearables, Trends, Computing, Ipad Mini, MacBook Air, Ipad Pro, Macbook Pro, AirPods, iPhone 11, Iphone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, AirPods Pro, Commerce 2020

'I Checked Apple's New Privacy Nutrition Labels. Many Were False.'

Long-time Slashdot reader Futurepower(R) shared this investigation from the Washington Post's technology writer: When I spot-checked what a couple dozen apps claim about privacy in the App Store, I found more than a dozen that were either misleading or flat-out inaccurate... Apple's big privacy product is built on a shaky foundation: the honor system. In tiny print on the detail page of each app label, Apple says, "This information has not been verified by Apple." The first time I read that, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Washington Post, Tech, App Store, Slashdot, Futurepower

Canonical turns to Google framework for new installer, but community asks why not have a Flutter on GTK?

Bye bye Ubiquity, Subiquity: new unified installer will cover both desktop and server. Canonical is building a new installer for Ubuntu using Google's cross-platform Flutter framework – but is facing questions about use of a non-native toolkit for such a key component.…
Tags: Google, Linux

Apple will reportedly stop 5G iPhone 12 mini production next quarter

The Apple iPhone 12 mini is not selling well in part due to its puny battery. A fresh report says that Apple will stop manufacturing the...
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Intel Downplays Apple's M1 Chip With 'Carefully Crafted' Benchmarks

Nearly three months after the launch of Apple's rave-reviewed M1 Macs, Intel has fired back, but there are some asterisks involved. In a slideshow shared by PCWorld this week, Intel highlighted what PCWorld described as "carefully crafted" benchmarks in an attempt to prove that laptops with the latest 11th Generation Core processors are superior to those with Apple's custom-designed M1 chip. For example, Intel said that exporting a PowerPoint presentation as a PDF file is up to 2.3x faster o...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Intel, Netflix, Ram, MacBook Air, M1, Geekbench, Tom, Gigapixel, Topaz Labs, Jason Snell, Andrew Freedman, Gear Tactics Hitman, Snell Today

Accused Murderer Wins Right To Check Source Code of DNA Testing Kit

"A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a man accused of murder is entitled to review proprietary genetic testing software to challenge evidence presented against him," reports The Register. Long-time Slashdot reader couchslug shared their report: The maker of the software, Cybergenetics, has insisted in lower court proceedings that the program's source code is a trade secret. The co-founder of the company, Mark Perlin, is said to have argued against source code analysis by claiming that t...
Tags: Tech, New Jersey, Matlab, Mark Perlin, FST Forensic Statistical Tool Defense, Jeanna Matthews

Best cheap Apple iPhone deals for February 2021

Apple devices can get pricey, but don't despair: Here's an up-to-date list of the best iPhone deals available.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Iphone 6, Iphone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, Evergreen Deals

Highly Educated People More Likely to Fall For QAnon's Conspiracy Theories

The more educated people are, the more likely they are to believe claims made by QAnon, according to a tracking poll by polling firm Morning Consult. From Politico: Twenty-seven percent of people with a postgraduate degree responded that QAnon claims are either very accurate or somewhat accurate. That compared to 20% of those with a bachelor's degree and 14% of those with less than a college degree. The numbers were similar in Morning Consult's October poll. But a new survey from the same po...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Gop, Newsweek, Morning Consult From Politico

Hasselblad X1D II 50C: out of the studio and into the streets

We crawled into an abandoned school bus, trespassed through dilapidated hallways, dodged fleeting thunderstorms and wandered through empty streets of Chinatown late into the evening. For two summery weeks, I couldn’t have been happier. New York City was in lockdown. I’d been quarantined in my dinky apartment, disheartened and restless. I was anxious to do something creative. Thankfully, the Hasselblad X1D II 50C arrived for review, along with approval from the studio heads for socially-distanced...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Hong Kong, Hardware, New York City, Tech, ISO, Scorsese, Alex, Jason, Chinatown, Hasselblad, Medium Format

Despite Funny Name Ideas, US Space Force Has a Serious Mission

Friday the U.S. military released 400 other names it considered for Space Force's soliders (before settling on the word "guardians.") Politico writes that the names were "crowdsourced" from the U.S. military's space workforce, and "Troops clearly had fun with their submissions, which included Space Cadet, Spacies, Anti-Gravity Gang, Homo Spaciens and Spacefolk." But the Space Force had more science fiction-inspired names it could have picked. Fleet Officer, Stormtrooper and Trekkies were both...
Tags: Congress, White House, Russia, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Nasa, Earth, Biden, Brookings Institution, UPI, Trump, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Skywalker, Jen Psaki, Psaki

Raspberry Pi OS Accused of 'Phoning Home' To Microsoft

Slashdot reader rushtobugment quotes a story from Hot Hardware: One of the software options for running a Raspberry Pi module is Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian), the officially supported Debian-based operating system put out by The Raspberry Pi Foundation. It has been around since 2015 without too much complaint. However, a recent update has some Raspberry Pi OS users up in arms over a key change involving Microsoft. The latest update installs a Microsoft apt respository on all any machin...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Reddit

2021 Nissan Kicks Gets Updated Price

The 2021 Nissan Kick has earned a redesign that has also bumped up its price by a few hundred dollars. Initially, the company only released the price for the base model but now the costing for all the other trims has been revealed. The cheapest ‘S’ variant starts at $19,500 excluding the 1 grand delivery fee. The next model in the line-up is almost two thousand dollars expensive. We are talking about the SV model that has a price of $21,300. The range topping variant called the SR has a $21,940 ...
Tags: Apple, SUV, Autos, Nissan, Bose, Nissan Kicks, Prima Tex, Nissan Kick

Libra [USA] My new Kobo Libra H2Os from Walmart - questions

Good day everyone, I apologize for being uninformed--I'm very new to the Kobo ecosystem. My prior e-readers were Nook Glowlights and a Sony reader. I've ordered and received 2 Kobo Libra H2Os in white color--one for myself and one a gift for a family member. Setting both up today. I have read about lack of screen uniformity from device to device and expected to see some difference in backlight. There's indeed a difference between the two, but it's difficult to qualify, because there's a ...
Tags: Google, Books, Usa, Walmart, Kobo Reader, Sony, Rakuten, Rakuten Kobo, Kobo Libra, Kobo Bookstore

What are these rich people doing pumping crappy assets?

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. It’s been a bizarre few weeks, with Robinhood raising a torrent of new funds to keep its zero-cost trading model afloat during turbulent market conditions, other neo-trading hous...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Elon Musk, Tech, Best, Robinhood, Databricks, Gamestop, Exchange, Chamath Palihapitiya, Elon, SPAC, Unity, GAAP, Jabal, NLP

Bumble’s first date with the public markets

The public markets have been so active lately that it’s hard to drum up excitement for yet another company making its way to the bull market. But, in the case of Bumble, a dating app where women message first, next week’s public debut is worth paying attention to. The market for dating startups has long had an 11-year-old elephant in the room: Match Group. The Dallas company owns popular dating brands including Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, and more, which some saw as the singular exit point for start...
Tags: TC, Tinder, China, Ipo, Newsletter, Tech, Miami, Silicon Valley, Match, IAC, Bumble, Max Levchin, Whitney, Hinge, Databricks, Match Group

How to optimize your Android smartphone for gaming

Your Android smartphone might be your only mobile gaming companion these days. Here’s how to kick it into high gear and get the best gaming experience from it.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Gaming, Trends, Smartphone, How-to, Optimize

They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them

In 2019 two New York Times opinion writers obtained cellphone app data "containing the precise locations of more than 12 million individual smartphones for several months in 2016 and 2017." (It's data that they say is "supposed to be anonymous, but it isn't. We found celebrities, Pentagon officials and average Americans.") Now they've obtained a remarkable new trove of data, "this time following the smartphones of thousands of Trump supporters, rioters and passers-by in Washington, D.C., on Ja...
Tags: Washington, Kentucky, Tech, New York Times, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, South Carolina Florida Ohio

Amazon, Google pay the piper

You’ve landed on Human Capital, a weekly newsletter detailing the latest in diversity, equity, inclusion and labor. Sign up here to receive the newsletter every Friday at 1 p.m. PT. The events of this week perfectly encapsulate the variety of worker and workplace-related struggles happening in the tech industry. Google settled some discrimination allegations with the Department of Labor, Amazon agreed to settle a complaint with the FTC over stolen tips from Flex workers and the Alphabet Workers ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Supreme Court, Labor, California, Tech, Diversity, Cnn, Mountain View, Seattle, California Supreme Court, CWA, Human Capital, National Labor Relations Board, Sundar Pichai

AlmaLinux Releases Beta of Their CentOS/RHEL 8 Fork

AlmaLinux describes itself as "an open-source, community-driven project that intends to fill the gap left by the demise of the CentOS stable release." And now AlmaLinux "has announced their beta release of their CentOS/RHEL 8 fork," writes Slashdot reader juniorkindergarten. AlmaLinux will be getting $1 million a year in development funding from CloudLinux (the company behind CloudLinux OS, a CentOS clone with over 200,000 active server instances). Their CEO stresses that AlmaLinux "is built w...
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Gyre 9 Completes Phase I Manufacturing of JuiceBar’s Gen 3 Electric Vehicle Charger

Gyre9 , a product design and development firm has completed the design, engineering, and manufacturing of Phase I of the Gen 3 Series of electric vehicle (EV) chargers for Hartford, Connecticut-based JuiceBar , according to Co-Founder and Chief Engineering Officer Ed Gilchrest. Gilchrest explains, “President and CEO Paul Vosper and Executive Chairman Jeff Mayer assumed leadership of JuiceBar in 2018 and immediately invested in new product development. They brought in Gyre9, initially, t...
Tags: Technology, Advertising, Article, Canada, United States, Hartford Connecticut, Vosper, Gilchrest, Gyre9, JuiceBar, Electric Vehicle Charger, Ed Gilchrest Gilchrest, Paul Vosper, Jeff Mayer, JUICEBAR JuiceBar

Ban on Wireless Modems In Voting Machines Should be Optional, Suggests US Election Agency

The U.S. agency overseeing elections has "quietly weakened a key element of proposed security standards..." reports the Associated Press, "raising concern among voting-integrity experts that many such systems will remain vulnerable to hacking." The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is poised to approve its first new security standards in 15 years after an arduous process involving multiple technical and elections community bodies and open hearings. But ahead of a scheduled February 10 ratifi...
Tags: Tech, Associated Press, Eac, Hovland, Election Assistance Commission EAC, Benjamin Hovland, Optional Suggests US Election Agency

Chinese Probe Sends Back Its First Picture of Mars

Launched in July, China's probe "Tianwen-1" is now approaching an orbit around Mars — and it's sent back its first picture. Slashdot reader AmiMoJo spotted this report in the Guardian: The photo released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows geological features including the Schiaparelli crater and the Valles Marineris, a vast stretch of canyons on the Martian surface. The photo was taken from about 1.4m miles away (2.2m kilometres), said the CNSA, with the spacecraft since re...
Tags: China, Tech, Mars, Schiaparelli, Valles Marineris, China National Space Administration CNSA, CNSA, Tianwen

Hillary Clinton says conspiracies about her spread by QAnon followers are 'rooted in ancient scapegoating of women'

In an interview published Friday, Hillary Clinton (R) sounded off about QAnon and those who spread such theories, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (L). SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images, Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images In an interview with The New York Times, Hillary Clinton addressed conspiracy theories about her. She addressed the role of Marjorie Taylor Greene and social media in the spreading of false theories. "We are facing a mass addiction with the effective purveying of ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Politics, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Hillary Clinton, House, New York Times, Salem, The New York Times, Donald Trump, Clinton, Greene, R, Facebook and Twitter

3 Often Forgotten SEO Tips to Improve Your Websites Traffic

The current SEO landscape is quite turbulent because of the changing ranking criteria. The fact that a given SEO hack worked someday and you got a higher ranking does not mean it will solve your situation today. Competition is stiff in the SEO sector, and to avoid being left behind, you should be updated on the trends to know the direction of SEO algorithms, or hire a professional NYC SEO agency to do the heavy lifting for you. The article herein demonstrates some SEO tactics that will drive m...
Tags: Google, Seo, Quora, Reddit, Jazz, LSI, BuzzSumo Google, Website Traffic, Facebook Trends, Intent Based Keyword Research Google

Original Content podcast: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ offers a lively visit to pre-pandemic New York

For the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we looked back at “Soul,” which was released on Disney+ at the end of last year. The new Pixar film tells the story of Joe Gardner, a high school music teacher and jazz musician voiced by Jamie Foxx. Joe seems to be on the verge of his big break when he accidentally falls down an open manhole, sending him to a distinctly Pixar-ish twist on the afterlife, and eventually on a metaphysical quest to return to his body before an important concer...
Tags: Apple, New York, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, New York City, Disney, Tech, Soul, Jordan, Pixar, Anthony, Joe, Joe Gardner, Original Content Podcast, Jamie Foxx Joe

Kia is reportedly seeking partners to build Apple's electric vehicles in Georgia

TIm Cook giving a speech from the Apple Park in California. Apple Kia is seeking partners to help build Apple vehicles in Georgia, The Wall Street Journal reported. Bloomberg reported that Apple and Hyundai, Kia's parent company, had "paused" talks. Apple hasn't publicly commented on the negotiations.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Kia is reportedly seeking a production partner to build Apple's electric vehicles in Georgia, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ap...
Tags: Apple, Cars, Trends, Tech, Georgia, Tesla, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Transport, Hyundai, Kia, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Cnbc, Reuters, Hyundai Kia

Has Section 230 Created a 'Vast Web of Vengeance'?

Slashdot reader GatorSnake shares "Another take of the implications of Section 230... One person poisoned the online personas of multiple people who had 'wronged' her, with it being nearly impossible to have the false accusations removed from the sites or from Google's search results." The New York Times reports: Mr. Babcock, a software engineer, got off the phone and Googled himself. The results were full of posts on strange sites accusing him of being a thief, a fraudster and a pedophile. Th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, Tech, New York Times, The Times, Babcock, Times, Google Pinterest, CDA, Guy Babcock, Homewrecker Cheaterbot, University of Toronto Under U S

Apple talks with Hyundai and Kia about electric vehicle are reportedly ‘paused’

Apple has been in talks with Hyundai and Kia about potentially collaborating to produce an electric vehicle, but these talks are now reportedly paused.
Tags: Apple, News, Cars, Trends, Hyundai, Kia, Apple Car, Ev, Breaking Twitter

SoftBank files for a double scoop of SPAC

The SPAC mania continues unabated, with new SPACs being filed with the SEC on an almost hourly basis at times. SoftBank, the Japanese telecom conglomerate which has also been running the gigantic Vision Fund and its successor, doesn’t want to be left out. Yesterday, it filed back-to-back SPAC registration statements for two new blank-check companies. SVF Investment Corp 2 is $200 million and SVF Investment Corp 3 is a $350 million vehicle. Both SPACs have a standard roughly 15% over-allotment op...
Tags: Finance, Softbank, Tech, SEC, SPAC, SoftBank Vision Fund, Vision Fund, SVF Investment Corp

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